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WEDNESDAY EDITION: News from Rick-KM1G air gun.pdf...I bought a few Baofeng walkies and programmed them with FRS frequencies and played hide and seek with my grandkids in the surrounding woods and neighborhood yesterday. I have been trying to get them involved with ham radio and thought this was a way to start out. After we finished and came in the house, I grabbed my Yaesu FT2DE and connected to my Openspot 2 and talked to a few hams around the country and one in  England, the kids were amazed. Friday I am going to show them 20/40 meters ssb, just trying to plant a seed.....Red Sox playing like crap but the Bruins and Celtics are hot, both wrapped up their  first playoff series....
50 CW QSOs....congrats to this ham...

After being a licensed amateur radio operator since 1993, I finally decide to get serious about learning CW and using it on the air. I was originally licensed as a Technician Plus, so I had learned the code, but I never used it. I mainly hung out on a few VHF and UHF repeaters during my daily commute and played around with packet radio. I upgraded to General when the 13-wpm code requirement was eliminated. But I never used my HF privileges.

I signed up and took the CWOPS CW Academy (CWA) Level 1 and 2 courses. I started Level 1 in January of 2018 and the Level 2 in September 2018. The coaching and feedback from my advisors was very helpful and working with the other course participants gave me the confidence to use CW on the air. I went from a rough 5 wpm to a passible 16 wpm. I went ahead and signed up for the Level 3 course, so I can get more coaching on head copy and to build my speed. I can send and receive comfortably at 16 WPM, but I really want to get to 20 or even 25 wpm. I am on the waiting list for the January 2019 session.

On December 2, 2018, I completed my 50th CW QSO. I know it’s not a lot, but it sure felt like a milestone to me. I wanted to share some of my experiences as a CW rookie. Rookie may be too kind, I am a CW Newbie.

In early November 2018, I hung a 135 ft, OCF Dipole up about 35 feet in a tree in my backyard. I didn’t have any help, so it took most of the day to get the antenna up, secured and to run the 150 feet of coax to my shack in the basement. I had bought a very used Ten Tec Scout 555 with the 80, 40, 20, and 15-meter modules off eBay for $250.00. It was the cheapest, working HF rig I could find at the time. My antenna analyzer confirmed that the OCF dipole had good SWR on 80, 40, 20, 17, 10 and 6 meters. This was good, because I hadn’t finished building my antenna tuner. I could get on the air. I sent a quick email to my Level 2 classmates and set up a sked for the next evening. I just wanted one more day to listen and practice before I got on the air.

As the time for the sked got close, I fired up my Scout, set the keyer speed and waited. At 9:00pm local time, I sent my first CQ into the world. Well it wasn’t exactly a CQ, it more of a CC QQ or maybe it was a QC CQ. Whatever it was, it was wrong. So, I stopped, took a breath and tried again. “CQ CQ CQ, de N3BXZ, N3BXZ K” and I waited. A few seconds later, my heart stopped when I heard my call sign come back to me. A CWA classmate was responding to my CQ and he was from Canada, SWEET!!! My first CW QSO was going to be DX. Oh, nuts, now what do I do. Wait, I wrote a script, put it on sticky notes and put the sticky notes on the front of the shelf above my radio. Where are my sticky notes, where is the shelf, where is my radio, what is this paddle thing in my right hand??? I took a breath and started sending my scripted QSO. For the next few minutes, I stumbled through my first QSO. It was very basic, just signal report, QTH and name with lots of repeats and spelling errors. There was some chit chat about how cool it was to finally be on the air and then we signed off. My first CW QSO was done, and I was completely spent.

I soon realized that I didn’t have a logbook or QSL cards. I went ahead and logged the contact in a QRZ.com logbook and then found a website that sold cheap QSL cards. I ordered 500 for express delivery. After that first contact, I knew CW was for me. So, I promised myself that I would make at least 1 CW contact a day for as long as I could.

Over the next few days, I answered CQs and stumbled through several more QSOs. I freely told my QSO partners that I was a new CW operator and that they were my 3rd, 8th or 12th, etc. CW contact. Most of the operators on the other end my QSOs had an incredible amount patience. Many happily slowed their sending speed down and resent basic QSO information 2 and even 3 times until I got it. I copied statements like “Congratulations”, “Welcome to the Club” and encouraging things like, “u r doing great”. I was sending out QSL cards, and slowly QSL cards started coming to me. Several experienced hams even took the time to send me emails after our QSOs to offer words of encouragement and tips on things I could do better. I was having a lot of fun.

Not all my experiences were positive. Several times, I was chased off frequency after calling CQ. I was told that I needed to be better/faster at CW before coming to the bottom part of the bands. I was on 7065 kHz when that happened. I heard the folks running digital modes around 7070 and up, so I was trying to stay out of their way. One ham ended our QSO as soon as I sent that I lived in Maryland. He already had Maryland in his logbook, so he didn’t “need” my QSO. One ham got upset with me because I could not remember my SKCC number. He was kind enough to send it to me before abruptly ending our QSO. One ham told me to stop answering his CQ, because he had already worked me a few days prior. It took me a few QSOs to understand when someone wanted to ragchew vs. someone who just wanted to make the contact, get the number/state/county/grid square and move on. These less than perfect experiences did not discourage me. Some of them taught me valuable lessons. Some just made me chuckle. FYI, I made a new sticky note with my SKCC number and Grid Square on it in big font.

As I write this, it’s a few days before Christmas, 2018. I am still making at least 1 CW contact every day. I am up to 77 QSO’s on 80, 40 and 20 meters. I almost had a QSO on 10 meters, but their signal faded before we could complete it. I am now thinking of buying a brand-new radio. I just haven’t decided which one. There is a ham radio store about 100 miles from where I live. I might just drive up there and play for a few hours and see which radio (in my price range) calls to me. Could be a great way to spend a Saturday. Some interesting side notes:

• My first CW QSO was also the first CW QSO for the station that answered my call.

• My 50th QSO happened the day before my birthday. When I realized I had completed my 49th QSO, I was going to shut off my radio and try for my 50th QSO the morning of my birthday. But somebody called CQ, and without thinking, I answered, and I ended up have a great QSO. He even sent me a QSL card with “Congratulations on Your 50th QSO” written on the back.

• I worked a ham in Quebec. His primary language was French. Like me, he was new to CW and had prepared a QSO script written in English. We got through everything on his script and started to ragchew for a few minutes. After the QSO, he sent me an email telling me that he had copied what I sent to him, translated it to French in his head, thought of a response in French, translated the French response to English, wrote down the English translation and then sent the reply to me. He did that for most of our 12-minute QSO. That is a ham who wanted to complete a QSO. I thought I had it hard.

Before I end things, I just want to say thank you to my first 50 QSO partners. You were patient, encouraging and very quick to slow down and repeat. You overlooked my newbie mistakes and put in a little extra effort to help me through my first 50 QSOs. TU 73s es hpe to wrk u agn ee.

And I huge thanks to my wife. She lets me go into the shack after dinner, so I can get my CW QSO for the day before we sit down together for the evening. She swears she hardly notices the 135-foot dipole in our backyard. She listens and smiles as I tell her about the my latest QSO, or as she puts it my “Radio Beeping”. BTW, she has stated categorically that she loves me, but she is not going to get her ham license, ever.

Tate Jackson

N3BXZ

Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club to partner with the National Park Service for Earth Day special event

The Fair Lawn (NJ) Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) will again partner with the National Park Service with a special event amateur radio station to be held at the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson, NJ .

The event will be held on Monday April 29th at the National Park Service location at Mary Ellen Kramer Park, entrance along Maple Street, Paterson, NJ from 9AM until 4PM. The event is part of a larger celebration sponsored by the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy and the National Park Service.

The club's special event call sign (W2E) is to commemorate "Water To Electricity" and the vision behind Alexander Hamilton's transformation of the Passaic River to turn Paterson into the first planned industrial city in America by taming the power of water. For the fourth consecutive year, the club will be a partner in this event. Expected frequencies are 14.245 14.045 7.245 and 7.045.

Hundreds of area students will converge on the Historical Park for educational activities and will gain exposure to the fun and benefits of amateur radio at the same time. Participants in addition to The Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club will include The Paterson Museum, The Academy of Earth and Space Science (PANTHER Academy of Paterson), The Green Club from the STEM Academy at John F. Kennedy High School, The Great Swamp Watershed Association, the Bergen County Zoo, and New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the club's website at www.fairlawnarc.org or call 201-791-3841 or the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park website at www.nps.gov/pagr or 973-523-0370.

AMSAT VP for Human Spaceflight Programs explains operations onboard the ISS

As a result of the recent SSTV event onboard the ISS, a large number of questions arose. The questions mainly centered on the crew's ability to troubleshoot equipment and make adjustments to the station.

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair and AMSAT VP for Human Spaceflight Programs posted a thorough explanation of how Amateur Radio fits into the operation of the ISS and the astronauts ability to service and operate it.

Frank says, "Please remember that ARISS is not the prime activity on ISS. There are over 300 international experiments currently operational on ISS on this expedition. I just heard in a tele-conference last week that that number will go to about 500 experiments in the next 1-2 years.

"Because of the vast number of experiments going on at the same time, we can only occasionally get suggestions to the crew to make changes to our payload. Any work arounds on any experiment/payload will compete with the crew's already fully booked schedule.

Several ARISS team members, particularly our teammate in Russia, were out of pocket this past weekend. Our Russian colleague was informed of the issue early-on and acknowledged the issue. But he also needs to get tied into Mission Control. That is difficult from afar. And even if we ask for a change, it is challenging to get the crew time to make this happen. Especially if it is outside the flight planning stage.

"Once we have the Interoperable Radio System on ISS, we plan to augment our radio system with a ground commandable capability. We have already developed a concept for this capability. Once in place, we will be able to do many things with our radio without crew intervention, including mode changes to support SSTV, APRS, Voice Repeater, etc..
This capability will also be important if we fly ham radio on the Lunar Gateway, which will not have crew on it 24/7.

"Please note that to keep ARISS alive and implementing new capabilities requires a great deal of funding. As an example, ARISS currently has two individuals on travel to NASA Johnson running tests for the interoperable radio system. This is one of three travel trips required to get the radio system ready for flight. Each one of these trips will cost ARISS about $3000 in travel--- nearly $10,000 for these three testing events.

Also, this past week, we spent $1,100 to transport the HamTV that was returned from ISS back to Italy to undergo troubleshooting to potentially repair the anomaly we experienced on ISS.

"We have a Fundrazr activity right now to prepare the Interoperable Radio System for Launch. We need $150,000 by the end of this year and are well short of our goal right now. If you really want to see improvements in the ISS radio system from where it is today, please strongly consider donating to ARISS. Push the donate button at www.ariss.org. You can donate at several levels and even a little at a time on a monthly basis. At some donation levels, your callsign and name will be included on the interoperable radio system that will fly to ISS!

"Thanks for all your interest and support to ARISS. I hope this helps explain a little about what is happening on ISS."

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS International Chair and AMSAT VP for Human Spaceflight Programs

Free PDF book - C & GUI Programming

The Raspberry Pi Press have published a free PDF book - An Introduction to C & GUI Programming by Simon Long

Even if you are an absolute beginner, this book will teach you all you need to know to write simple programs in C and start creating GUIs.

The first half of the book is an introduction to C, and covers the basics of writing simple command-line programs. The second half shows how to use the GTK user interface toolkit with C to create feature-rich GUI applications which can be run on the desktop.

The author Simon Long talks about the book at
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/an-introduction-to-c-gui-programming-the-new-book-from-raspberry-pi-press/

Download the book from
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/issues/c-gui-programming/

Three BIRDS Constellation CubeSats Delivered to ISS for Orbital Deployment....about time to start wearing a hard hat around here with all the space junk being deployed

A Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 11 also delivered three CubeSats of the BIRDS-3 constellation and three other CubeSats. The BIRDS-3 constellation is a project of students at the Kyushu Institute of Technology. The additional CubeSats include Swiatowid, KrakSat, and EntrySat.

All BIRDS-3 CubeSats are of the same design and have been coordinated to operate on a common downlink frequency of 435.375 MHz. Each will transmit a CW beacon and 9.6 k GMSK telemetry. The CubeSat deployer in the ISS Kibo module will deploy the BIRDS-3 CubeSats at a later date.

The BIRDS-3 constellation includes CubeSats from three countries: They are Nepal’s first satellite, NepaliSat-1; Uguisu from Japan, and Sri Lanka’s first satellite, Raavana-1. The primary mission of the BIRDS constellation is to provide ciphered short messages via its 435.375 MHz beacon, giving the opportunity for the Amateur Radio community to decipher the messages using a publicly available key on the BIRDS-3 website. Operators able to successfully decipher the message will be recognized on the BIRDS-3 website and receive a BIRDS-3 QSL card.

In addition to their primary mission, BIRDS-3 CubeSats will conduct remote data collection based on low-powered LoRa modulation to demonstrate remote data collection and processing aboard a CubeSat to, for example, monitor water levels in flood-prone areas. The LoRa remote station will operate at 433 MHz for Sri Lanka and Nepal and at 920 MHz for Japan. Data collected will be posted on the BIRDS-3 website. Radio amateurs contributing to receiving the processed data will receive a QSL card showing the nature of data collected.

BIRDS-3 will also carry an imaging mission for public outreach and awareness and Earth magnetic field measurement; a mission to find commercial, off-the-shelf alternatives to expensive space adhesives, and active attitude stabilization as a precursor to active aiming control for future CubeSat missions.

Other CubeSats carried aloft on the same launch include: Swiatowid, which will carry a V/U transponder, with an FM voice uplink at 436.000 MHz and downlink at 145.850. Telemetry will be transmitted on 435.500 MHz and at 2435.000 MHz; KrakSat, which will transmit 9.6 k and 1.2 k telemetry at 435.500 MHz, and EntrySat, a 3U CubeSat that will measure thermosphere parameters during its orbital phase, and satellite re-entry during the re-entry phase. It will carry an Amateur Radio FM relay with a downlink of 436.950 (uplink not available) and 9.6 k packet. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service

TUESDAY: Another rainy day on the island....3910'er Warren_KD1ZY, as you know, is traveling cross country on his new motorcycle. He was on route 66 the last few days and went thru Oklahoma, Texas, and now in New Mexico. Quite a trip on two wheels.....


SILENT KEY: Well now N3IBX 'Vortex Joe' is a silent key at 60. Everyone calls Joe "VORTEX JOE" because any radio equipment
within 200 miles of Washington's Crossing, PA gets sucked into his collection never to see the light of day again.

RIP Joe

New digital mode FT4

Joe Taylor K1JT has announced a new digital mode, FT4, which is 2.5 times faster than FT8

FT4 is an experimental digital mode designed specifically for radio contesting.  Like FT8, it uses fixed-length transmissions, structured messages with formats optimized for minimal QSOs, and strong forward error correction.  T/R sequences are 6 seconds long, so FT4 is 2.5 × faster than FT8 and about the same speed as RTTY for radio contesting. 

FT4 can work with signals 10 dB weaker than needed for RTTY, while using much less bandwidth.

FT4 message formats are the same as those in FT8 and encoded with the same (174,91) low-density parity check code.  Transmissions last for 4.48 s, compared to 12.64 s for FT8.  Modulation uses 4-tone frequency-shift keying at approximately 23.4 baud, with tones separated by the baud rate.  The occupied  bandwidth (that containing 99% of transmitted power) is 90 Hz

Further information on FT4 is at 
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_Protocol.pdf

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Wins 2019 IEEE CAS Industrial Pioneer Award

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, has been selected to receive the 2019 Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society Industrial Pioneer Award. The Industrial Pioneer Award recognizes exceptional and pioneering contributions in translating academic and industrial research results into improved industrial applications and/or commercial products. The IEEE Circuits and Systems Society sponsors the award, which will be presented at the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems 2019 conference. CAS awards are intended to highlight the accomplishments of CAS Society members and celebrate their dedication and contributions both within the field and to the CAS Society. Award recipients are nominated by their Society peers in order to honor the service and contributions that further strengthen the CAS Society. ARRL

West Coast Station K9JM to Transmit April 25 ARRL Code Proficiency Run

West Coast station K9JM will be transmitting the official ARRL Code Proficiency Run on April 25 at 0400 UTC (Wednesday, April 24, in US time zones) on 3590 kHz. Sending speeds will run from 10 to 35 WPM.

FCC Seeks Telecommunications Specialist

The FCC has announced a position opening that may be of interest to a radio amateur. The Commission seeking a telecommunications specialist to work at the High Frequency Direction Finding Center (HFDFC) in Columbia, Maryland. This is a full-time position.

The person holding this position performs “watch duty” and serves as a technical authority providing technical assistance and guidance to communication systems users to resolve radio interference complaints and problems. The telecommunications specialist uses radio signal analysis equipment deployed throughout the US to collect, correlate, and analyze characteristics of radio signals involved in interference problems, distress or safety-related signals, or other radio signals involved in other high-priority activities such as law enforcement or national defense, to include HF, VHF, and UHF.

The successful candidate for this position collects radio signal analysis information; analyzes complaints, inquiries, and comments from multiple sources; investigates compliance with FCC rules and regulations, and determines appropriate action utilizing the FCC’s remote HF network of radio direction finders and radio signal analysis equipment. This individual develops definitive technical solutions concerning telecommunications system architectures, interoperability, expansion potential, and overall end-to-end compatibility and net centricity.

The incumbent interacts with the public, licensees of various radio services, private industries, other government agencies, and representatives of foreign governments, and represents the Bureau in meetings within and outside of the agency. This person also conducts formal and on-the-job training of coworkers, new recruits, clients, and USTTI participants.

This a GS-12 or GS-13 level position, depending upon specialized experience. Applicants must have a minimum of 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least one grade lower in the Federal service. The position at the GS-12 level calls for: Experience with the HF spectrum, including propagation characteristics and frequency selection; experience with HF direction finding to include skywave and groundwave techniques; experience with radio communication, including modulation characteristics, frequency selection, and proper monitoring techniques; experience with basic investigative techniques and tools for radio traffic analysis, and skill in analyzing specific HF data

At the GS-13 level: Applying investigative techniques for radio traffic analysis; applying principles and methods of RF propagation (e.g., HF and/or VHF, UHF); analyzing spectrum occupancy figures and geographic features (e.g., fixed and mobile radio stations, radar, navigational aids, satellite links, terrestrial microwave and trunking systems), and translating radio communication, including modulation characteristics, frequency selection, and proper monitoring techniques.

FreeDV QSO Party

This is Grant VK5GR once again on behalf of the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been talking about a new event on the Amateur Radio calendar - designed to get people experimenting on air again. The FreeDV QSO party is now only 5 days away, starting at 0300 UTC Saturday 27th!

What is FreeDV you may ask?

It is a home grown digital mode, created by David VK5DGR. It is designed for use on HF, allowing us to transmit voice signals in less than 1kHz of bandwidth, at signal to noise ratios that are equivalent to SSB.

So what is the FreeDV QSO party? It is a gathering of people on air who like experimenting with FreeDV. You can collect points by working other FreeDV stations which will qualify you for the FreeDV award presented by AREG. Whats more, by getting more people on the air at the same time using FreeDV, it makes it easier for people to experiment with it! Look around the following frequencies to help find stations using FreeDV during the event:

1870kHz
3630kHz
7180kHz
14130kHz
21180kHz and
28330kHz.

During the QSO party, you can work each station once every 3 hours per band too, earning points and multipliers along the way.

If you want to know more, head on over to the AREG Website, www.areg.org.au where a full copy of the rules is available.

There are also links to the website that you can download the software from, with versions available for Windows, Apple and Linux users. Dont forget, If you can use FT8 today then you can just as easily use FreeDV!

We hope to see you all on the air next week using FreeDV, so place the FreeDV QSO party in your calendar today.

SOGGY MONDAY: Hope you had a nice Easter, I did...April showers bring May flowers.....Slow day, I just have to wire the new lamp post with a waterproof outlet box, cut some shims to mount he new post, and fix a cane chair over at the shop. Probably have a coffee over at the hot rod shop and go tractor window shopping this afternoon. I don't know how I ever had time to work, retirement isn't all that bad....

Cornell scientists create ‘living’ machines that eat, grow, and evolve

The field of robotics is going through a renaissance thanks to advances in machine learning and sensor technology. Each generation of robot is engineered with greater mechanical complexity and smarter operating software than the last. But what if, instead of painstakingly designing and engineering a robot, you could just tear open a packet of primordial soup, toss it in the microwave on high for two minutes, and then grow your own ‘lifelike’ robot?

If you’re a Cornell research team, you’d grow a bunch and make them race.

Scientists from Cornell University have successfully constructed DNA-based machines with incredibly life-like capabilities. These human-engineered organic machines are capable of locomotion, consuming resources for energy, growing and decaying, and evolving. Eventually they die.

That sure sounds a lot like life, but Dan Luo, professor of biological and environmental engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, who worked on the research, says otherwise. ARTICLE

 

Bouvet Island DXpedition news

OPDX reports that on April 18th, the following was posted on the "Rebel DX Group" media page [edited]:

"The entire 3Y0I Bouvet Team is home and all are resting after the Rebel attempt at Bouvet.

70 miles! 70 miles, 10 hours is all we needed and we possibly could
have sheltered on the west side of Bouvet from the storm that wreaked
havoc!

Our license is renewed, our equipment stored in Cape Town (thank you
fellow Rebels), and we're already making plans for Bouvet in the Fall!
In the meantime, where will the Rebels show up next? Any guesses?"

For more details and updates, we suggest to watch the following Web pages:
https://bouvetoya.org

International Marconi Day event

Every year the Cornish Radio Amateur Club organizes the International Marconi Day (IMD) event to celebrate the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi (April 25, 1874).

This year's 24 hour event will be held on April 27th, between 0000-2359 UTC. Stations are allowed to be active on 160-10 meters plus 500 kHz (Note: Contacts on 6 meters and above will not count towards the Award) using CW, SSB, FM, AM and available Data Modes (i.e RTTY, PSK, JT, SSTV, FT).

As of April 21st, here are the following registered IMD special event stations to be on the air:

9H1MRC - Marconi Amateur Radio Circle, Malta
CW1GM - Radiogrupo Sur, Uruguay
DA0IMD - Borkum Island, Germany
EI0CAR - Carndonagh ARC, Malin Head, Ireland
EI0IMD - The Mizen Head Signal Station, North Cork Radio Group
EI0MAR - Martello Tower, Dublin
EI5IMD - Cork RC, Crookhaven, Co. Cork Ireland
EI100YXQ - Marconi Site, Ballybunion, County Kerry
G2LO - Borough Hill, Daventry, UK
G2NM - Amberley Museum ARC, West Sussex, UK
GB0CMS - Caister Marconi Station, Life Boat Station, Norfolk, UK
GB0IMD - Weston Super Mare, UK
GB0MGY - Harlow RS, Essex, UK
GB0PBM - Lloyds Cottages, Portland Bill, Isle Of Portland
GB0YAM - Yorkshire Air Museum, York, UK
GB1BM - Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, UK
GB2BYF - Claeddau ARS, Pembroke Docks, Wales
GB2GM - Poldhu ARC, Cornwall, UK
GB2IMD - Dragon Amateur Radio Club, Wales
GB2M - Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist, Outer Herbrides, Scotland
GB2NH - Tidemills Marconi Site, East Sussex, UK
GB2OWM - Orkney Wireless Museum, Orkney, Scotland
GB4GM - Dragon Amateur Radio Club, Wales
GB4HSM - History & Science Museum, Oxford, UK
GB4IMD - Cornwall, UK (organizers)
GB4MBP - Bass Point, Cornwall, UK
GB4MDI - Barry ARS, Lavernock Point, South Wales
GB4WMD - Alum Bay, Isle Of Wight
GB5FHC - Fraserburg Heritage Centre, Fraserburg, Scotland
GB5LT - Luttrells Tower, Hampshire, UK
GB8MD - Telford & District ARS, Gwynedd, Wales
GB9GGM - Pepperbox Hill, Wiltshire, UK
II0GM - Rome, Italy
IY0GA - Capo Figari ­ Golfo Aranci (SS) ­ Sardinia Island
IY0IMD - Forte Michelangelo ­ Civitavecchia (RM)
IY0ORP - Osservatorio Geofisico di Rocca di Papa (RM)
IY0TC - Torre Chiaruccia ­ Santa Marinella (RM)
IY1MR - Rapallo (GE)
IY1SM - Santa Margherita Ligure (GE)
IY1SP - La Spezia
IY1TTM - Marconi tower, Sestri Levante, Italy
IY4FGM - Villa Griffone ­ Pontecchio Marconi (BO)
IY5PIS - Coltano (PI)
IY6GM - Monte Cappuccini (AN)
IY7GMB - Circolo ARS, Bari
IY7M - Molo San Cataldo (BA)
K2M - Marconi Tower, Binghamton, NY, USA
K3IMD - Hartstown, Pennsylvania, USA
K3S - Nuclear Ship Savannah, Baltimore, USA
KL7NC - Marconi Station KPB Site, Ketchikan, Alaska
KM1CC - Cape Cod RC, USA
MN0VFW - Mid Ulster ARC, Northern Ireland
N6M - San Diego, USA
ND1U - Notre Dame ARS, USA
OE19M - IMD Station, Austria
PA6IMD - Gouda & District Section Veron, Netherlands
VA2IMD - Drummondville, Province of Quebec, Canada
VK2IMD - Hornsby & District ARC, Hornsby, NSW, Australia
VO1IMD - Signal Hill, Newfoundland, Canada
VP8VPC - Stanley, Falkland Islands
W2GSB - Babylon, Long Island, NY
W2LCW - Babylon, Long Island, NY
W2MRC - Somerset, New Jersey
W2RC - Radio Central ARC, Rocky Point, New York
W2RTM - New Jersey Antique Radio Club, New Jersey, USA
WA1WCC - Chatham, Massachusetts, Cape Cod, USA
WA3BAT - Philadelphia Museum Ship, Philadelphia, USA

For more details, information on their IMD Award Certificates and
updates on the listing of registered stations, go to: http://gx4crc.com

WET WEEKEND EDITION: Space weather forecast........

3919 FRIENDLY BUNCH UPDATE:
I know you want an update because you can't stand listening to Bobby but still want to know what he hell these good doobies are up to. I listened a few times over the week and I can tell you have missed nothing. Same shit just another day! Nothing was discussed because they just ID all night long.
 The leader of this group is Bobby- KB4ABJ (who claims to be the founder and #1) and the enforcer and backbone is big John- AC8IE. The concept of this group is a noble one, offer a nightly PG rated rag chew net to exchange information and meet new ham friends. Friendly Bunch numbers are issued as a reward for checking in hundreds of times by Bobby. Sounds great huh?
It could be except for Bobby and his abrasive personality. Bobby has gotten so convinced of his importance to ham radio, he has become hard to listen to. Although the group has a nightly assigned net control operator, Bobby butts in all night long...usually about when to ID.  He just won't let the net control run the net....Bobby gets his shorts in a bunch if you call this a net, he shouts it is a rag chew.  Bobby, it is a net, you check people in and out all night long and keep track of those who have those damn coveted friendly bunch numbers and those that don't, all night long....it is almost comical...Bobbie just doesn't get how stupid he sounds....On a bright note, there are some very interesting guys on the net. Big John- AC8IE is one of the most interesting guys, knows his ham radio, builds race cars, and does a great job running the net. When Bobby is not around, which is rare, John runs the net and it is very enjoyable and low key to listen to. I guess what I am saying is this would be a fun group if they could just excommunicate Bobby....or limit his talk time to 5 minutes per hour....and stop butting in every 5 minutes....

The First Female Ham Radio Operators, and their Awesome Legacy

Historically, literacy—in its many forms—has given the marginalized a way to speak and participate in a system that previously prevented them from doing so. And while the printing press revolutionized the way writing was exchanged and shared with the world, the invention of radio as entertainment, emergency, and communication technology had a similar effect on oral storytelling. From this, ham radio, also known as amateur radio, was born as a subset of commercial radio. The appeal of communicating independently to others across the globe struck a chord with many people in the early 20th century—including women looking for ways to participate in war efforts, and connect with other women around the world.

Although enthusiasm for ham radio as the medium of choice for hobbyists, veterans, and emergency responders hasn’t waned much over the last fifty or so years, the hobby is making a strong resurgence as aspiring makers acknowledge radio’s contribution to the movement. Many hams consider amateur radio to be the original maker skill, requiring knowledge of electricity, geography and communication.
And it’s one of many mediums that gave women the chance to have a global voice—and they took it.

Calm the ham

For those unfamiliar with the subculture of ham radio, the title “ham” was originally used as a negative name associated with amateur operators who, without proper training, would disrupt professionals. Eventually, though, the name lost its negative stigma and is now used interchangeably with “amateur.” Regardless of someone’s amateur status, all operators must be licensed and complete a training program, through FCC regulations.

Female hams are called “YLs,” which is short for “Young Lady,” regardless of the operator’s age. While that seems simultaneously antiquated, cute, and patronizing, keep in mind that the ham radio subset of men is referred to as “OMs,” or “Old Man.” The largest organization for YL ham operators in the world is the Young Ladies’ Radio League, Inc. (YLRL), founded in 1939, which exists to encourage and assist YLs throughout the world to become licensed amateur radio operators.

Although amateur and commercial radio was heavily male-dominated, the response to the influx of women operators was—and still is—largely positive. In “The Feminine Wireless Amateur,” a 1916 article in The Electrical Experimenter, the writer says:

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Ham radio satellite ground station article in HackSpace magazine

The May edition of HackSpace magazine, issue 18, featuring articles by radio amateur Jo Hinchliffe MW6CYK is available as a free PDF

On pages 34-47 is his special feature on Space, which explains how you can build a SatNOGS satellite ground station to receive amateur radio satellites.

Jo's article Make a Slim Jim Antenna appears on pages 110-111.

Also in the magazine, on pages 96-99, Ben Everard explains how to build an ISS count‑down timer.

You can download the free HackSpace magazine PDF from
https://hackspace.raspberrypi
.org/issues/18

NepaliSat-1 launched to ISS....yet more space junk..

The Kathmandu Post reports Nepal's first satellite NepaliSat-1 was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, April 17

As well as carrying an amateur radio payload on 435.375 MHz the 1U CubeSat will also collect information about the country’s topography and earth’s magnetic field. Meanwhile, officials said, the satellite itself will also be studied for developing more advanced satellites in the future.

NepaliSat-1 was launched under the ‘Birds-3 satellite launch to International Space Station project’ at 2:31am Wednesday by the Antares rocket which carried the Cygnus cargo aircraft from the Virginia Air and Space Center of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The NepaliSat-1, developed by two Nepalis, Abhas Maskey KG5WNC and Hari Ram Shrestha KI5COO, at Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology bears the Nepali flag and the logo of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology. Similar satellites from Japan and Sri Lanka were also launched alongside NepaliSat-1

Read the full story at
https://kathmandupost
.ekantipur.com/news/2019-04-18/nepals-first-ever-satellite-launched-into-space.html

Free entry to Hamvention on final day

The ARRL reports Hamvention® has announced that it will open the gates to all, without charge, on the final day of the annual gathering at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio 

The ARRL story says:

Hamvention 2019 General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said the idea is to encourage the curious to see what attracts some 30,000 visitors to Hamvention each spring.

“We have decided to open the doors to Hamvention to the public on Sunday, May 19, without buying a ticket,” Gerbs said. “This will make it a little easier and cheaper for someone with just a little interest in Hamvention to see what all the excitement is about.”

In addition to the features and equipment that attract radio amateurs, non-ham visitors will get to see vendors selling a variety of other electronic equipment, including computers and accessories, security devices, networking supplies, tools and other items of interest to the general public. Those visiting the flea market area may be surprised at what’s available, often at a small fraction of its original cost.

Gerbs pointed out that Sunday is Hamvention’s lightest traffic day, making it convenient for anyone who just wants check out what’s there. Many vendors offer last-minute specials on a variety of items. The many food trucks offer a wide selection of menus, providing attendees with an opening to make Hamvention 2019 a family outing.

Hamvention will be open on Sunday from 9 AM until 1 PM. On Friday and Saturday, the gates will be open from 9 AM until 5 PM. While some parking will be available at the Fairgrounds, much of it is weather dependent. Visitors are urged to use one of the remote lots with free shuttles. These are located at Hobson Freedom Park, 2910 Trebein Road, in Fairborn; Xenia High School, 303 Kinsey Road, Xenia; Warner Middle School, 600 Buckskin Trail, Xenia, and Xenia Towne Square, 84 Xenia Towne Square, Xenia. Shuttles are in operation from 7 AM until 6 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 7 AM until 4:30 PM on Sunday.

Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS, arranged to make text alerts possible again this year. Those who wants to receive up-to-the-minute mobile phone alerts regarding weather, traffic, parking, and other useful information affecting the event are encouraged to sign up by texting “Hamvention19” to 888777. Those who signed up for the text alerts in 2018 already are registered for this year’s event.

The Media Committee is working to make winning prize numbers available on the alert system soon after they are drawn, in order to help winners claim prizes and to decrease the number of unclaimed prizes. Hourly prize drawing also will be posted on Twitter and Facebook as well as displayed on monitors throughout the fairground’s buildings. All prizes will be posted following the event.

The text alerts supplement the Hamvention talk-in station that has operated for many years on the Dayton Amateur Radio Association 146.94 repeater (123.0 Hz tone) to give directions and other assistance. Last year a traffic bulletin station was also added on 145.525 to periodically repeat needed information. Amateurs with 2-meter capability are encouraged to program those frequencies before heading to Hamvention.

Source ARRL
http://www.arrl.org/news/hamvention-opening-gates-to-all-on-final-day-of-2019-show

Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition Thwarted by Bureaucracy

Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition operators Col McGowan, MM0NDX; Jonathan Bowes, MM0OKG, and Christian Cabre, EA3NT, have thrown in the towel on their efforts to operate from two infrequently activated African islands — Moucha Island (AF-053) and the very rare Sept-Frères (AF-059). Their J20DX operation was set to run from April 16 – April 21, but McGowan’s and Bowe’s radio equipment was impounded by customs upon their arrival at the airport, despite the fact that Cabre had cleared customs smoothly 2 days earlier. The team had “official radio licenses being issued by Djibouti Telecom” permitting them to operate radio without any conditions, they reported on the J20DX website.

The operators were told that the Djibouti security agency would make a decision on whether they could obtain necessary authorization to retrieve their equipment, but time wore on along with official inertia. Due to time constraints, the delay quashed plans to activate AF-059.

“Nobody is more disappointed about that than us,” they said on their website Wednesday, expressing optimism that they would still be able to be active from Moucha or Maskali Island AF-053 and remain until Friday evening or Saturday morning. “Of course, this depends on the aforementioned bags being released by custom officials,” they added.

Still without all their gear, on April 18, they made the crossing to Moucha Island, picked a location to set up, and immediately assembled antennas for 20, 17, and 15 meters.

“Literally 5 minutes before the first CQ from AF-053, we received a phone call from National Security saying signatures were needed for the authorization letter to permit us to collect our impounded gear,” the J20DX team recounted. “This same letter would also allow us to depart Djibouti without any more issues at airport customs. However, we had to return to the mainland to get the letter.”

With the weekend in Djibouti being Friday and Saturday, this Thursday would be their last chance to obtain the important authorization letter prior to heading home. “Before we had even started, teardown began. Yes, we left the island 2 hours after arriving. AF-053 is now also cancelled,” they announced.

Upon reaching the National Security offices, the team said, unfortunately, “no authorization letter [was] to be seen.”

Amateur Radio Newsline 2164 for Friday, April 19, 2019

HAMS ASSIST IN EFFORTS TO AID STRICKEN MARATHONERS

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We open this week's newscast with two reports that remind us that ham radio saves lives -- and that sometimes ham radio operators, even without their radios, help save lives. We hear first from Paul Braun WD9GCO.

PAUL: As close to 1400 runners stepped off on April 6 for the Springfield Illinois Half-Marathon, local hams assembled as a support team for the event. Little did anyone know at the start of the race that in less than two hours seven runners would suffer a range of medical issues. With the first reports of two stricken runners on the route's north end, Rich Marx, KB9TZS and Ryan Juhl, KC9MHG both EMTs, were sent to assist along with Kevin Kesselring, KC9IGM, an off-duty police chief. Nick Skaggs, N9BIG, also arrived to provide aid. Both runners were sent to the hospital.

Jess Hunter W9ABS, the event communications and operations team coordinator, told Newsline in an email that in all, seven runners were taken to the hospital. Three had been stricken near the finish line. Craig Held WX9CAH, an EMT, provided support in all three cases while HSHS Medical and ambulance crews aided the two others, one of whom suffered cardiac arrest. The Med Tent medical staff and Med Tent Radio Operator Sunny Dahlquist KB9LXQ, a registered nurse, handled a number of other cases in that busy time period.

The event's medical director Keri Snyder later phoned Jess to tell him [quote] "Your folks helped save some lives today."

AMATEUR AT THE READY, EVEN WITHOUT HIS RADIO

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Hawaii, meanwhile, one amateur radio operator was in the right place at the right time -- his own home -- when disaster struck. Here's Jason Daniels VK2LAW with those details.

JASON: An amateur radio operator who was once a volunteer forest firefighter is being credited with quick thinking after a neighbor's house in Waipahu erupted in flames earlier this month. Zeph MacNaughton N7WAP told local media the smell of smoke awakened him in the early morning hours of April 11th and he ran to the house, pounding on the door to get the occupants to evacuate. By the time 35 firefighters arrived at the two-alarm blaze, Zeph had already begun hosing down the burning house as well as nearby homes. He remained on the scene until the firefighting teams arrived. The Honolulu Fire Department said 15 people were displaced and were assisted by the American Red Cross. No major injuries were reported. The fire was extinguished by 3:15 a.m. The Honolulu Fire Department captain told the Star-Advertiser newspaper that the building did not have any working smoke alarms.

Zeph, an Extra class licensee, was treated by Emergency Medical Services for smoke inhalation but refused further treatment, according to the Star-Advertiser. The report said his home was one of two that sustained smoke damage.

SILENT KEY: OWEN GARRIOTT W5LFL, WHO TOOK HAM RADIO INTO SPACE

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The astronaut who helped usher in the era of ham radio in space has become a Silent Key. Kevin Trotman N5PRE has that report.

KEVIN: Owen K. Garriott W5LFL made the world's first amateur radio contacts from space during his time aboard Spacelab-1 during a Space Shuttle Columbia mission in 1983. The voice of the astronaut, an electrical engineer, went out from his handheld radio as hams listened on 2 meters to the call sign W5LFL. It was a joy he later referred to as "a pleasant pastime." His contacts eventually grew to include U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater K7UGA and King Hussein of Jordan JY1. He also operated from space on CW. His commitment to ham radio in space gave rise to SAREX - the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment - which morphed later into ARISS. His son Richard Garriott W5KWQ, became a private space tourist in 2008 and also carried a radio into space.

Owen died Monday the 15th of April at his Huntsville Alabama home. The Oklahoma native was 88.

WHERE MARCONI MADE HIS MARK

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Saturday the 27th of April is all about the Marconi connection. Hams around the world will be calling QR Zed from sites in Wales, Canada, Australia and other locations where radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi lived, worked or operated. Dave Parks WB8ODF has that story.

DAVE: One of the many operations honoring Marconi on the 27th of April is the result of a partnership between the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club and the Long Island CW Club, both in New York. Hams will be on the air at a small marina in the village of Babylon, Long Island not far from where a Marconi shack once stood as one of the first wireless stations in the United States. This was a training school in 1901 and it remained in the Long Island waterfront community until its relocation further east to the Long Island community of Rocky Point in 1930. According to Howard Bernstein WB2UZE, who belongs to both clubs, the shack had a 210-foot antenna and could contact ships as far away as 200 miles.

Hams are hoping for an even better reach on Marconi Day. Be listening between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for two call signs: W2LCW will be operating CW and W2GSB will be operating SSB and digital. The CW station will drop its power to 5 watts for QRP operation every hour for a 15-minute period. Both stations will be spotting on the clusters. For a full list of stations visit gx4crc dot com (gx4crc.com) and click on the tab for IMD Stations 2019.

RADIO SCOUTS ARE COUNTING DOWN

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: You may not have heard K2BSA on the air lately but these radio scouts have been busy, as Bill Stearns NE4RD tells us.

BILL: This week in Radio Scouting we're well into two countdowns for Jamboree on the Air and World Scout Jamboree.

While activations have been quiet on the calendars, we've been busy talking to many radio scouters looking forward to this year's Jamboree on the Air which is only six months away. April is the month when you recruit scouts for your summer Field Day plans and solidify your plans for October with the troop, crew, pack, district or council. You can also prepare to help activate a scout summer camp. Jamboree on the Air, the largest international scouting event, has been held the third full weekend of October since 1957.

World Scout Jamboree has passed the 100-day mark and we're all getting really excited to activate the Summit Bechtel Reserve as NA1WJ. The team is getting to know each other better through team training and conference calls and we're happy that most of our initial plans are still in the works. We did have to move our ARDF component over to the orienteering section of the summit, but so far we'll still going to have the demonstration station, balloon launches and a contact with the International Space Station at Summit Center. If you want to help from your shack, join our mailing list over on groups.io. Just look up NA1WJ.

For more information on this and radio scouting, please visit our website at k2bsa.net.

SEEKING THE 2019 YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you know a bright young U.S. or Canadian radio amateur who gives of himself or herself to the hobby and the community, you probably know a strong candidate for Amateur Radio Newsline's Young Ham of the Year Award. The honor is named in memory of Newsline's Bill Pasternak WA6ITF. We are currently accepting nominations -- but the deadline of May 31st is fast approaching. Information about candidate eligibility is available on our website, arnewsline.org, under the YHOTY tab. You can download a nomination form there to return to us. The award will be presented on August 18th at the Huntsville Hamfest in Huntsville Alabama. See you there!

TEXT ALERTS IMPROVE THE HAMVENTION EXPERIENCE

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Are you going to Dayton Hamvention? Once again, texts to your mobile can help make it easier to navigate, as we hear from Jack Parker W8ISH.

JACK: Before you know it, the weekend of Hamvention - May 17th through the 19th - will be under way at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. To help you prepare for the action, which of course includes traffic, the Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer KX8GCS has arranged for text alerts to once again be sent to people's mobile phones. If you signed up for last year's alerts you are already registered. If you're new to the alert system just text Hamvention19 to 888777. Travel, traffic, parking and other information will be sent your way. Organizers say this texting system complements the talk-in station on the Dayton Amateur Radio Association's 2-meter repeater.

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There's more Hamvention news too: General chairman Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT has announced that Hamvention is opening its doors free to the public on May 19, the Sunday, which is the three-day event's lightest traffic day. Visitors needn't be hams to check things out. Meanwhile, the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester, Ohio, is again opening for expanded hours during Hamvention weekend. Hamvention attendees will be able to visit and the WC8VOA shack will be open for licensed hams to get on the air. A special tour will also be given of the historic WLW transmitter site nearby featuring the Crosley 500 kw WLW transmitter. Reservations are required. To sign up, visit voamuseum dot org (voamuseum.org)

WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA PREPS FOR ANNUAL MEETING

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: May is also a busy month Down Under, as hams in Australia gather one week after Hamvention. Graham Kemp VK4BB has that story.

GRAHAM: There's a lot going on in Sydney on Saturday the 25th of May as the Wireless Institute of Australia's 2019 Annual General Meeting gets under way. This year the event coincides with the centenary celebrations of the Waverley Amateur Radio Society, Australia's oldest continuously licensed amateur radio club. Early registration will bring great rewards - if you're lucky. If you register by midnight on Saturday the 11th of May you'll be entered into a drawing for an FDP DMR and Analogue radio that operates on the amateur bands as well as DMR Land Mobile and Citizens Band.

The next day, Amateur Radio New South Wales will open its doors and welcome visitors at the Dural complex where a BBQ lunch will be served. Tours will be given and the word in some circles is that ARNSW's new tower will be up and running in time for that weekend.
FOX HUNTERS PREPARE TO HIT CHAMPIONSHIP TRAIL

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: An international foxhunt is coming this summer, but no bushy-tailed creatures will be harmed. It's radio transmitters that these foxhunters will be seeking, and Newsline's Joe Moell (MELL) K-zero-O-V has the details.

JOE: They range in age from the teens to the 70s, and they're coming from all over to compete in the most physical of all ham radio sports. I'm talking about on-foot hidden transmitter hunters, also called foxtailers and radio-orienteers. Their sport is Amateur Radio Direction Finding, or ARDF.

It's all done on foot in a BIG outdoor space. Thanks to a set of standard international rules, it's pretty much the same all over the world, so we can have international competitions. Your mission is to try to find up to five hidden ham radio transmitters without assistance while on the run, or trotting, or just walking. You'll carry a map and compass so you don't get lost.

Mix in with the USA's best radio-orienteers at the nineteenth national ARDF championships in Raleigh, North Carolina this summer. It starts on July 28th with four days of optional intense training, followed by four days of competition.

Learn from the experts, then see how you do for yourself out on the courses. You don't have to be a marathoner, but it helps to be in good shape. There are thirteen separate categories with medals for the best three in each, so you'll only be competing against people of your own age range and gender.

Registration for the championships is now open, so start making plans. You can read all the details and get a link to the registration form on the web at www.homingin.com. That's homingin -- as one word -- homingin.com.

I hope to see YOU at the championships. For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Joe Moell K-Zero-Oscar-Victor.

HAM RADIO TO ASSIST IN INDIA'S ELECTIONS

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In India, as the general election gets under way, some voters can expect to see Amateur radio along with ballots.

JEREMY: In India, voters in West Bengal are expected to go to the polls in May to cast their ballots for four seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house in Parliament. For their voices to be heard, however, ham radio is going to be needed. The West Bengal Radio Club has received permission from the Election Commission and the Ministry of Communications to transmit information from the polling stations to authorities over the course of various election days. India's seven-phase election is taking place throughout the country during a six-week period but the 31 areas in West Bengal are utilising amateur radio because they lack mobile network coverage. The secretary of the radio club Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA received official word recently that the club's proposal to assist voting had been accepted.

WORLD OF DX

In the world of DX, be listening for Anders, SM-zero-HPL, operating once again from Uganda as 5X7W until April 27th. Activity will be limited to his spare time and he will be on 20-10m and possibly 30m. Listen for him using CW, JT65 and FT8. QSL direct to SM0HPL or via ClubLog or LoTW.

Matteo, IZ4YGS, is operating from Ghana's western region as 9G5GS until the 7th of May. He will be on the air in his spare time and can be found on 20 through 160m; QSL to IZ4YGS, direct or via eQSL.

Operators Bruce, AD7MM, along with his XYL Marilyn, KI7DLK, and Doug, W6HB, are operating from Raratonga in the South Cook Islands as E51BAS, E51MAS and E51DLD, respectively. They are on the air from the 21st to the 28th of April. There may be some operations from the stations of Jim, E51JD, and Bob, E51BQ. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands and modes. QSL via their home callsigns or LoTW.

Listen for Juan, EA8RM, on the air from the Canary Islands as EF8R during the CQWW WPX CW Contest May 25th and 26th as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or EB7DX.

KICKER: HEARING THE GLOBAL CALL OF RADIO WOMEN'S VOICES

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: When you hear people calling "CQ" is it OK to just sit back and listen? It is if you are in the audience of one particular performance in Denmark. Here's Ed Durrant DD5LP.

ED: It is a pileup unlike any you may ever encounter: The voices of YLs from around the world calling "CQ, CQ, CQ," sending out their call signs against the backdrop of steady even Morse Code. This is one element of the production staged by performance artist Helle Fuglsang "fool-SONG" and composer Neli Pantsulaia in Copenhagen in March. Newsline reported on this special event which marked International Women's Day with a celebration that blended art, radio and voice in a music that crossed international borders.

If you weren't there in the audience at the Royal Danish Academy of Music that day you can now be part of the audience anyway. Neli has uploaded the 7-minute production and encourages YLs and OMs alike to hear the programme known as "ON/OFF."

You'll find a link to this friendly musical pileup in the printed script on our website at arnewsline dot org. Sit back and enjoy. You may hear the voices of your sisters, your mother, your friends - maybe even your daughters or yourself.

https://vimeo.com/330774003

FRIDAY EDITION: Dead Dudes.....Stop and Shop Market is on strike here and it basically is closed. A blessing in disguise for me, it is overpriced and Market Basket is 1/2 mile away. The union has convinced the workers that they should share the profits of the company. I can't wrap my head around that concept. I build a company up, take all the risks, and my workers feel I should share the wealth with them. If you are not happy, quit. The minimum wage is scheduled to be $15 an hour in a year in MA and they want more per hour to ring up, stock shelves, and bag groceries. A kid in high school can work ten hours a week and have $150.00 in his wallet. When does it end? $15 an hour to flip burgers! Joe Biden arrived in Boston and talked at the picket line about how he felt the pain of the workers...you gotta be shitting me, he was playing the workers for votes for the democratic party....period...

Today is World Amateur Radio Day 2019!

Thursday, April 18 — World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) — marks the 94th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), founded in Paris in 1925. Each year, WARD celebrates “Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.” The occasion is being celebrated with on-the-air activities around the globe.

“April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide, and the fun we have,” IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, said. “I encourage all radio amateurs to join in the celebrations and promote Amateur Radio on the air or in your community.”

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the shortwave spectrum was not the wasteland that experts of the day considered it to be but a resource that could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history notes. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio around the globe, and that effort continues to this day.

Making a simple AM Radio

Trainee electronics engineer Chelsea Back writes in Design Spark about her first experiences with radio frequency circuits

All the other projects I have made so far have been digital and microcontroller based, with the one exception to this being the Nutclough amplifier, which was assembled from a kit. The big difference in this project is that unlike the other ones which I have built from scratch it is an analogue RF circuit.

We already had some TA7642 AM receiver ICs in the workshop and some PP3 battery clips to hand, so I wanted to use both of these components in my circuit. Since I had never built any analogue circuits before I wanted to keep this fairly simple so would use an external test audio amplifier for testing.

Read Chelsea's article at
https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/making-a-simple-am-radio

So Now What?

“All About Safety” is the focus of the new (April 18) episode of the “So Now What?“ podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! “So Now What?” offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode weeks with the “ARRL The Doctor is In“ podcast.

“So Now What?” is sponsored by LDG Electronics, a family owned and operated business with laboratories in southern Maryland that offers a wide array of antenna tuners and other Amateur Radio products.

ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and ARRL Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, co-host the podcast. Presented as a lively conversation, with Patnode representing newer hams and Carcia the veteran operators, the podcast will explore questions that newer hams may have and the issues that keep participants from staying active in the hobby. Some episodes will feature guests to answer questions on specific topic areas.

Listeners can find “So Now What?” on Apple iTunes, Blubrry, Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. Episodes will be archived on the ARRL website.


 

A new billboard on Interstate 40 in Tennessee promotes ARRL and Amateur Radio. Working with ARRL Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, and
 Communications Manager Dave Isgur, N1RSN, ARRL Graphic Designer Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, completed a design for a the new 10 × 20 billboard,
owned by ARRL Life Member Cliff Segar, KD4GT.  Segar says the average daily traffic count for the area along I-40 west bound, mile marker 336,
 is on the order of 6 million vehicles per year.
Source ARRL  http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-radio-communications-billboard-promotes-ham-radio-on-i-40

THURSDAY EDITION: That is quite a sign above, good idea. How about a sign showing a bunch of young kids involved, maybe plant a seed with some of the kids?.....Just two weeks until Nearfest, the biggest show in New England. It is really nice to see the ARRL as well as the Neafest team organizing activities to promote ha radio for kids. Last year Nearfest had a hands on kids event with good attendance. I am sure they hosting another one this year, bring your kids and grandkids......If an alien grabbed a subway ride in NY, would anyone notice?....

Wonder if this would work in my truck?

“Mentoring the Next Generation” is Hamvention and ARRL 2019 National Convention Theme

With an eye toward helping new and inexperienced hams enjoy the full range of activities that Amateur Radio has to offer, Hamvention® and the ARRL 2019 National Convention will embrace the theme of “Mentoring the Next Generation.” Hamvention hosts the National Convention May 17 – 19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. This will mark the third year for Hamvention at its new venue. A contingent of ARRL staff and member-volunteers will join forces to make available many ARRL exhibits and resources to Hamvention visitors. The centerpiece of ARRL’s participation will be ARRL EXPO in Building 2. An extensive roster of exhibits and activities will also educate and entertain.

Instructors from the ARRL Teachers Institute for Wireless Technology will be on hand to bring wireless and electronics theory to life in hands-on demonstrations and lessons. They’ll also touch on satellite communications, microcontrollers, and the fundamentals of robotics. At a Sunday morning forum (10:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Room 2) called “Discovering Radio Communications,” presenters for the Teachers Institute will highlight a variety of instructional experiences and ideas.

As part of its mentoring focus, ARRL has invited members of the Nashua (New Hampshire) Area Radio Society to Hamvention and ARRL EXPO to share the club’s effective and well-developed outreach program. The ARRL Special Service Club, which boasts more than 200 members and is being recognized as the 2019 Hamvention Club of the Year, caters to radio amateurs of all interests and experience levels. NARS will host an interactive exhibit that may serve as a model for other radio clubs to emulate as well as a Friday midday forum, “ARRL Spotlight on Radio Clubs and Mentoring” (11:50 AM – 1:05 PM) in Room 3. Club members will discuss their activities and approach to building membership and club participation.

ARRL-sponsored forums will include the always-entertaining ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, who will present “The ARRL Lab: Trials, Tribulations and (Tall?) Tales,” on Friday morning (9:15 AM – 10:30 AM) in Room 3. Hare has promised to share with Hamvention visitors the inside information about what goes on in the ARRL Lab, including a few tales you’ll never read about in the pages of QST. 

ARRL Great Lakes Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, will moderate the popular ARRL Forum on Saturday (12 PM – 1:15 PM) in Room 3.

On hand to discuss “ARRL’s New Volunteer Monitor Program and the FCC” will be Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, a familiar face to many Hamvention visitors from his days with the FCC. Hollingsworth is heading up the development of this new program using guidelines provided by the FCC and his years of experience working in the FCC Enforcement Bureau. Among other things, he’ll talk about the importance of helping each other to maintain high standards on the air, issuing “good operator” notices to recognize exemplary behavior, and of course, deterring poor operating practices. This forum is set for Sunday morning (9:15 AM – 10:15 PM) in Room 2. 

On Saturday afternoon, ARRL’s new CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, will speak on “Engaging Today’s Radio Amateur” (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM) in Room 3. Michel says, “Ham radio shouldn’t abandon the old guardians of the hobby, but at the same time, it needs to have new things that appeal to people who have different interests and different passions.”

Other ARRL-sponsored forum topics will include a panel discussion on ARRL public service communications, moderated by Rob Macedo, KD1CY, on Friday afternoon, (2:25 PM – 3:40 PM) in Room 3. The ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) forum, moderated by brothers Andy, KK4LWR, and Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT, will cater to university students and those supporting campus radio clubs on Saturday afternoon (4 PM – 5 PM) in Room 3.

An ARRL Wouff Hong Ceremony will take place Saturday at 9 PM at the Marriott at the University of Dayton (Tradewinds Pavilion), sponsored by the ARRL Ohio Section. The traditional Wouff Hong ceremony is steeped in mystery and represents a tradition that goes back to the early days of ARRL history. Register online. A limited number of remaining seats may be available from the ARRL Field Organization Volunteers booth during the convention (ARRL EXPO in Building 2).

The Wouff Hong is a fictional tool used to “punish” Amateur Radio operators who demonstrate poor operating practices. According to legend, ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW, under the pseudonym “The Old Man,” unveiled the Wouff Hong just as radio amateurs were getting back on the air after World War I, early in 1919. The “specimen of a real live Wouff Hong” he wrote about in QST was presented to the ARRL Board, which voted that it be framed and hung in the office of the Secretary of the League. The artifact remains on display at ARRL Headquarters today, a constant reminder to radio amateurs to be mindful of operating etiquette.

For more information, see the 2019 ARRL National Convention: Exhibit & Activities Guide.

IARU argues for protection from WPT spurious emissions

IARU was again represented at the meeting last week in Ankara, Turkey, where committee SE24 (Short Range Devices) met to undertake further work on the Work Item concerning Wireless Power Transmission 

SE24 is considering both WPT for electric vehicles and also generic WPT applications.

IARU has made extensive input on the potential impact on radio communications from spurious emissions from WPT devices and much of this is captured in CEPT ECC Report 289, published earlier this year
https://www.ecodocdb.dk/document/8214

At the Ankara meeting further input was made by IARU and other interested parties and there will be a meeting of SE24 dedicated to WPT issues in early July.

Also at Ankara IARU attended the SRD Maintenance Group meeting ( SRD/MG ) where it was noted that further work was needed in SE24 before spurious emission limits for WPT devices could be addressed in a regulatory sense.

IARU was represented in Ankara by Don Beattie G3BJ, Region 1 President, who is leading the IARU work on WPT.


What is it? see below...

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Well, I took a trip over to Tractor Supply yesterday, it was my first visit to the new store. It was ok I guess if I was a chicken farmer looking for feed and parts for my broken down trailer....but, what the big deal?....I spent a little time trying to help a friend program his cheap Chinese hot spot. The first one arrived and was dead on arrival, the little wall wart powering it overheated from excessive current draw from the unit. He sent it back to the seller and a new one arrived with a bad sd card. My friend became frustrated and sent it back and is going to buy an Openspot 2. The Chinese one is $80 and the Openspot is over $225 but you get what you pay for....Mike-N1XW is on a road trip in his trailer with the wife and we all wish him  safe trip to Florida.......The picture above is a rocket launch as seen from the space shuttle....If you have a weak display in your Icom Pro 746/756 series radio, this is the guy to talk to....

Azores celebrate World Amateur Radio Day

This year to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day, the Azores Amateur Radio Union (União de Radioamadores dos Açores) will be activating it’s Azorean township Certificate.

On April 18th at 13H00 UTC we will begin communications with the callsign CU3URA, this is valid for Angra do Heroísmo, we have also invited fellow operators and other associations from 17 of the 19 Azores townships to be on the air, allowing for a network of available stations to help everyone contact other townships missing for the diploma or even try to achieve it for the first time.

At 19:30 UTC we invite all our members, ham radio operators, general public or anyone who might enjoy radio to visit our headquarters at Canada Nova de Santa Luzia, nº24-B, in Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island in the Azores, to come and celebrate with us “our day”. 

More info in https://uraazores.wixsite.com/cu3ura

AMSAT Academy to be Held Prior to Hamvention

AMSAT Academy will take place on Thursday, May 16, the day before Hamvention. AMSAT says this is a unique opportunity for both beginners and advanced satellite operators to learn about Amateur Radio in space and working the FM, linear transponder, and digital satellites now in orbit.

AMSAT Academy will take place on Thursday, May 16, 9 AM until 5 PM, at the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) clubhouse, 6619 Bellefontaine Road, in Dayton.

The $85 registration fee includes a full day of instruction taught by some of the most-accomplished AMSAT operators; a digital copy of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites (2019 ed.); 1 year of AMSAT Basic membership; pizza buffet lunch, and an invitation to the Thursday night AMSAT get together at Ticket Pub & Eatery in Fairborn.

Registration closes on May 10 and will not be available at the door. No refunds or cancellations. Register at the AMSAT Store.

Hamvention Opening Gates to All on Final Day of 2019 Show

Hamvention® has announced that it will open the gates to all, without charge, on the final day of the annual gathering at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. Hamvention 2019 General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said the idea is to encourage the curious to see what attracts some 30,000 visitors to Hamvention each spring.

“We have decided to open the doors to Hamvention to the public on Sunday, May 19, without buying a ticket,” Gerbs said. “This will make it a little easier and cheaper for someone with just a little interest in Hamvention to see what all the excitement is about.”

In addition to the features and equipment that attract radio amateurs, non-ham visitors will get to see vendors selling a variety of other electronic equipment, including computers and accessories, security devices, networking supplies, tools and other items of interest to the general public. Those visiting the flea market area may be surprised at what’s available, often at a small fraction of its original cost.

Gerbs pointed out that Sunday is Hamvention’s lightest traffic day, making it convenient for anyone who just wants check out what’s there. Many vendors offer last-minute specials on a variety of items. The many food trucks offer a wide selection of menus, providing attendees with an opening to make Hamvention 2019 a family outing.

Hamvention will be open on Sunday from 9 AM until 1 PM. On Friday and Saturday, the gates will be open from 9 AM until 5 PM. While some parking will be available at the Fairgrounds, much of it is weather dependent. Visitors are urged to use one of the remote lots with free shuttles. These are located at Hobson Freedom Park, 2910 Trebein Road, in Fairborn; Xenia High School, 303 Kinsey Road, Xenia; Warner Middle School, 600 Buckskin Trail, Xenia, and Xenia Towne Square, 84 Xenia Towne Square, Xenia. Shuttles are in operation from 7 AM until 6 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 7 AM until 4:30 PM on Sunday.

Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS, arranged to make text alerts possible again this year. Those who wants to receive up-to-the-minute mobile phone alerts regarding weather, traffic, parking, and other useful information affecting the event are encouraged to sign up by texting “Hamvention19” to 888777. Those who signed up for the text alerts in 2018 already are registered for this year’s event.

The Media Committee is working to make winning prize numbers available on the alert system soon after they are drawn, in order to help winners claim prizes and to decrease the number of unclaimed prizes. Hourly prize drawing also will be posted on Twitter and Facebook as well as displayed on monitors throughout the fairground’s buildings. All prizes will be posted following the event.

The text alerts supplement the Hamvention talk-in station that has operated for many years on the Dayton Amateur Radio Association 146.94 repeater (123.0 Hz tone) to give directions and other assistance. Last year a traffic bulletin station was also added on 145.525 to periodically repeat needed information. Amateurs with 2-meter capability are encouraged to program those frequencies before heading to Hamvention.

TUESDAY EDITION: Beautiful day here on the island....

Amateur Radio in Space pioneer astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK

ARRL reports the US astronaut who pioneered the use of Amateur Radio to make contacts from space — Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL — died April 15 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88  

The ARRL news story reads: 

Garriott’s ham radio activity ushered in the formal establishment of Amateur Radio in space, first as SAREX — the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment, and later as ARISS — Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.

“Owen Garriott was a good friend and an incredible astronaut,” fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin tweeted. “I have a great sadness as I learn of his passing today. Godspeed Owen.”

An Oklahoma native, Garriott — an electrical engineer — spent 2 months aboard the Skylab space station in 1973 and 10 days aboard Spacelab-1 during a 1983 Space Shuttle Columbia mission. It was during the latter mission that Garriott thrilled radio amateurs around the world by making the first contacts from space. Thousands of hams listened on 2-meter FM, hoping to hear him or to make a contact. Garriott ended up working stations around the globe, among them such notables as the late King Hussein, JY1, of Jordan, and the late US Senator Barry Goldwater, K7UGA. He also made the first CW contact from space. Garriott called hamming from space “a pleasant pastime.”

“I managed to do it in my off-duty hours, and it was a pleasure to get involved in it and to talk with people who are as interested in space as the 100,000 hams on the ground seemed to be,” he said in an interview published in the February 1984 edition of QST. “So, it was just a pleasant experience, the hamming in particular, all the way around.”

Although Garriott had planned to operate on ham radio during his 10 days in space, no special provisions were made on board the spacecraft in terms of equipment — unlike the situation today on the International Space Station. Garriott simply used a hand-held transceiver with its antenna in the window of Spacelab-1. His first pass was down the US West Coast.

“[A]s I approached the US, I began to hear stations that were trying to reach me,” he told QST. “On my very first CQ, there were plenty of stations responding.” His first contact was with Lance Collister, WA1JXN, in Montana.

ARISS ARRL Representative Rosalie White, K1STO, met Garriott when he attended Hamvention, “both times, sitting next to him at Hamvention dinner banquets,” she recounted. “Once when he was a Special Achievement Award winner, and once with him and [his son] Richard when Richard won the 2009 Special Achievement Award. Owen was unassuming, very smart, kind, and up to date on the latest technology.” Garriott shared a Hamvention Special Achievement Award in 2002 with fellow Amateur Radio astronaut Tony England, W0ORE.

Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, was a private space traveler to the ISS, flown there by the Russian Federal Space Agency, and he also carried ham radio into space.

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Ham radio digital modes petition RM-11831 in EE Times

Theodore Rappaport N9NB writes about the digital modes petition RM-11831 in EE Times (Electronic Engineering Times) an electronics industry magazine

RM-11831 asks the FCC to require all digital codes to use protocols that “can be monitored in [their] entirety by third parties with freely available, open-source software,” per §97.113(a)(4).

The proposal if implemented could lead to the banning of many amateur data and voice modes that are not formally Open Source.

N9NB starts his article by citing the Engineers' creed adopted by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1954 and calls for the engineering community to write to the FCC, to file comments in favor of RM-11831.

He believes banning digital modes that aren't Open Source "is a vital prerequisite to attract young hams who can participate in the hobby and grow up with values comparable to the engineer's creed."

Read the article by Theodore Rappaport N9NB at
https://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1334565#

The Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on April 18th

On the day that commemorates the anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Paris in 1925.

The Fair Lawn (NJ) Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) will help celebrate the event with an Open House that showcases its operating stations and demonstrates amateur radio and its value by communicating with fellow "hams" around the world.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 2PM-9PM EDT at FLARC's clubhouse which is located within the Fair Lawn Recreation Center, 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ.

Club members will be available to demonstrate the operating capabilities of its stations, discuss the many interests encompassed by amateur radio operators and discuss the role that amateur radio and the club play in public service activities by providing communication from local parades to natural disasters.

All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Amateur radio continues to adapt and grow in an age of rapidly changing communication technologies. There are more licensed "hams" in the US today than ever before. Locally, the Fair Lawn club has over one hundred active members and is one of the New York area's largest radio clubs. The club provides education and training in electronics and science specific to radio amateurs, participates in STEM (Science/Technology/ Engineering/Math) programs with local educators, and is active in many public service activities.

The club meets every Thursday and Friday from 6PM at the above address.

For more information, please visit the club's website at www.fairlawnarc.org or call 201-791-3841.

Honda Portable Generators Recalled Due to Potential Fire Hazard

American Honda has announced that it’s voluntarily recalling some 200,000 of its portable generators sold in the US due to a potential fire and burn hazard. The recall includes the EU2200i, EU2200i Companion, and EB2200i generators. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the affected portable generators can leak gasoline from the fuel valve. Users should stop operating the recalled generator and contact an authorized Honda dealer for a free repair. Honda is also contacting users directly. For more information, visit the CPSC website. A similar recall has been issued in Canada.

ARRL Rolls Back Outgoing QSL Bureau Rates to 2011 Prices

ARRL is rolling back Outgoing QSL Bureau rates to 2011 levels. Effective May 15, 2019, the new rates will be:
  • $2 for 10 or fewer cards in one envelope.

     

  • $3 for 11 – 20 cards in one envelope, or

     

  • 75 cents per ounce for packages with 21 or more cards. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds of cards — 24 ounces, or about 225 cards — will cost $18.

No transaction service fees.

Any cards received before May 15 will be charged the current rate. There will be no adjustments for cards received before May 15.

More information is on the ARRL website.

MONDAY EDITION: Today's IKEA product to avoid.....Blowing gusts of 50mph, thundering, and a little lightning on Cape Ann at 7am. It's Boston Marathon day, ham radio assists on the course and provides a community service. Quite an event, thousands of white men and woman  chase a half dozen African runners who win every year....Another thief electrocuted...

Julian Assange said he would dump it all if he was arrested. Here it is. https://file.wikileaks.org/file/

The Russians are screwing with the GPS system to send bogus navigation data to thousands of ship

Warren, KD1ZY on a new adventure.
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We'll I am sitting here in north Yarmouth this morning, feeling exited a bit uncertain. just a touch scared. The turn of events over the last couple years has given me the means to embark on a big adventure , one i would never dreamed i could ever do. One i expect will be life changing in some ways.but then again I really have no expectations . I am flying to saint Louis MO Wednesday morning. with very little of anything a back pack , and tail bag. mostly riding gear a couple shirts a pair of shorts and a pair of jeans. and picking up a new motorcycle then heading south west on I40 and old route 66 . going all the way to the coast of CA and running rt1 or PCH the length of the state. cant wait to drive threw the red wood forest . the only thing i have booked in advanced is 2 nights in Roswell NM the 20 and 21. And 5 days in Vegas with t-mac is flying out to spend with me. on 5/8-12 . I have no time limits on the length my trip No one but myself to answer too.I expect to stay at air bnb or hotel every night . but cant rule out a night or 2 camping. I expect to meet many people and am looking forward to seeing what is like in different parts of the US. my plan is to be back for memorial day weekend . but its not set in stone. So there ya have it. Wish me luck I may need it!   warren

CQ Podcast - The S-Meter

In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Frank Howell K4FMH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is The S-meter by Martin M1MRB

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News stories include:-
• FCC Asked to Allow All-Digital on AM Band
• MagPi Features Ham Radio
• New Packet Radio - Hamnet over 70cm
• Petition Seeks to Limit Digital Modes to Open-Source Software
• 2019 State of the Hobby Results
• Take In National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting During Hamvention
• Amateur Radio SSTV Art Expo
• Successful Club Expands Training Team

The ICQ Podcast can be downloaded from
http://www.icqpodcast.com

 



New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular with WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE signal
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....

 

Blowing

s been a good boat and not a hole in the water you deposit money